Parenting Quotes from Books You Should Read

There’s a million parenting books on the market. Actually, according to Amazon, there are over 228,000 parenting books. But I’m pretty sure a lot of them say the same thing, and most of them are probably at best cliche, and at worst, garbage. Obviously, I haven’t read...

Mothering Alone

Below is a slightly-reworked blog I wrote for Lift Up Your Day, which appeared for Mother’s Day on May 10, 2016. I thought you might enjoy it if you are a mom who parents alone, either literally or figuratively. Your husband might work all the time, be on the road, or...

Why Mother’s Day Hurts

Why Mother’s Day Hurts Grief has been making herself a general nuisance in my life this week. She’s preparing for Mother’s Day. Yesterday, I picked up a bronze memorial plaque at the trophy store bearing my mom’s name; it will adorn a bench on a deck that leans over a...

7 things to consider when changing your child’s school

Now entering the fourth quarter, the school year is winding down. For many, the applications are out and the down payments have been made. Yet many parents are still agonizing over their options for next fall. With over 20 years experience in the four major types of...

How to survive my children growing up

I’m not sure how to survive my children growing up. Today I watched my youngest son drive away to school on his own. Tears welled up in my eyes, and my heart hammered in my chest. I felt nauseous and electrified and lost. And I thought, This is ridiculous....

When Grief keeps coming back

I have an old friend who keeps coming back. Her name is Grief. She’s been traveling a bit lately, and I haven’t missed her. But last night, while she was visiting someone else, she touched base with me again. The three of us had an unintentional...

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